Monday 10 July 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 10 July 2023 

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1 Samuel 15:1-3,7-23

Samuel said to Saul, ‘The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his
people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the Lord. Thus
says the Lord of hosts, “I will punish the Amalekites for what they
did in opposing the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt. Now go
and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not
spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and
sheep, camel and donkey.” ’ Saul defeated the Amalekites, from
Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt. He took King Agag of
the Amalekites alive, but utterly destroyed all the people with the
edge of the sword. Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of
the sheep and of the cattle and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and
all that was valuable, and would not utterly destroy them; all that
was despised and worthless they utterly destroyed. 
The word of the Lord came to Samuel: ‘I regret that I made Saul
king, for he has turned back from following me, and has not carried
out my commands.’ Samuel was angry; and he cried out to the Lord all
night. Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul, and Samuel was
told, ‘Saul went to Carmel, where he set up a monument for himself,
and on returning he passed on down to Gilgal.’ When Samuel came to
Saul, Saul said to him, ‘May you be blessed by the Lord; I have
carried out the command of the Lord.’ But Samuel said, ‘What then
is this bleating of sheep in my ears, and the lowing of cattle that I
hear?’ Saul said, ‘They have brought them from the Amalekites; for
the people spared the best of the sheep and the cattle, to sacrifice
to the Lord your God; but the rest we have utterly destroyed.’ Then
Samuel said to Saul, ‘Stop! I will tell you what the Lord said to me
last night.’ He replied, ‘Speak.’ 
Samuel said, ‘Though you are little in your own eyes, are you not
the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over
Israel. And the Lord sent you on a mission, and said, “Go, utterly
destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they
are consumed.” Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why
did you swoop down on the spoil, and do what was evil in the sight of
the Lord?’ Saul said to Samuel, ‘I have obeyed the voice of the
Lord, I have gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, I have
brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have utterly destroyed the
Amalekites. But from the spoil the people took sheep and cattle, the
best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the Lord
your God in Gilgal.’ And Samuel said,
‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices,
   as in obedience to the voice of the Lord?
Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice,
   and to heed than the fat of rams. 
For rebellion is no less a sin than divination,
   and stubbornness is like iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
   he has also rejected you from being king.’
Acts 9:19b-31

and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and
immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying,
‘He is the Son of God.’ All who heard him were amazed and said,
‘Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem among those who
invoked this name? And has he not come here for the purpose of
bringing them bound before the chief priests?’ Saul became
increasingly more powerful and confounded the Jews who lived in
Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah. 
After some time had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, but their
plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night
so that they might kill him; but his disciples took him by night and
let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a
When he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples; and
they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a
disciple. But Barnabas took him, brought him to the apostles, and
described for them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who had
spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of
Jesus. So he went in and out among them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly
in the name of the Lord. He spoke and argued with the Hellenists; but
they were attempting to kill him. When the believers learned of it,
they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. 
Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace
and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of
the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers. 
Luke 23:44-56a

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until
three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the
curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud
voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having
said this, he breathed his last. When the centurion saw what had taken
place, he praised God and said, ‘Certainly this man was innocent.’
And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw
what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. But
all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from
Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. 
Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a
member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He
came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly
for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body
of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid
it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day
of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come
with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body
was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.
On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 1, 2, 3

Psalm 1

Happy are those
   who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
   or sit in the seat of scoffers; 
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and on his law they meditate day and night. 
They are like trees
   planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
   and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper. 

The wicked are not so,
   but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
   nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 
for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
   but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire,
   and the peoples plot in vain? 
The kings of the earth set themselves,
   and the rulers take counsel together,
   against the Lord and his anointed, saying, 
‘Let us burst their bonds asunder,
   and cast their cords from us.’ 

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
   the Lord has them in derision. 
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
   and terrify them in his fury, saying, 
‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’ 

I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, ‘You are my son;
   today I have begotten you. 
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
   and the ends of the earth your possession. 
You shall break them with a rod of iron,
   and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ 

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
   be warned, O rulers of the earth. 
Serve the Lord with fear,
   with trembling kiss his feet,
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
   for his wrath is quickly kindled. 

Happy are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 3

O Lord, how many are my foes!
   Many are rising against me; 
many are saying to me,
   ‘There is no help for you in God.’

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
   my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. 
I cry aloud to the Lord,
   and he answers me from his holy hill.

I lie down and sleep;
   I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. 
I am not afraid of tens of thousands of people
   who have set themselves against me all around. 

Rise up, O Lord!
   Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
   you break the teeth of the wicked. 

Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
   may your blessing be on your people!
Evening Psalms: Psalm 4, 7

Psalm 4

Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
   You gave me room when I was in distress.
   Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. 

How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
   How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
   the Lord hears when I call to him. 

When you are disturbed, do not sin;
   ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices,
   and put your trust in the Lord. 

There are many who say, ‘O that we might see some good!
   Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!’ 
You have put gladness in my heart
   more than when their grain and wine abound. 

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
   for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Psalm 7

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
   save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me, 
or like a lion they will tear me apart;
   they will drag me away, with no one to rescue. 

O Lord my God, if I have done this,
   if there is wrong in my hands, 
if I have repaid my ally with harm
   or plundered my foe without cause, 
then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
   trample my life to the ground,
   and lay my soul in the dust.

Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
   lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
   awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgement. 
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
   and over it take your seat on high. 
The Lord judges the peoples;
   judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
   and according to the integrity that is in me. 

O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
   but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
   O righteous God. 
God is my shield,
   who saves the upright in heart. 
God is a righteous judge,
   and a God who has indignation every day. 

If one does not repent, God will whet his sword;
   he has bent and strung his bow; 
he has prepared his deadly weapons,
   making his arrows fiery shafts. 
See how they conceive evil,
   and are pregnant with mischief,
   and bring forth lies. 
They make a pit, digging it out,
   and fall into the hole that they have made. 
Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
   and on their own heads their violence descends. 

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
   and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

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